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Song Released: 2008

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Run Lyrics

I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

Light up, light...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 22nd 2017 report

    Yes & No, I agree with the fact that it is a farewell/Goodbye song of one's true love passing. The question is? Who passed. Did she? Or did he? Personally I feel she did & did so somewhat recently. And as she sings, I feel she's doing so, almost as "his" guardian Angel.
    ...she returns knowing he's not doing well. He's struggling to go on. He needs her. She still needs him. They were & forever will be the other half of one another's beating heart. Now his is broken beyond meaning in life & hers, in spirit. So "Light Up, Light Up, as if you had a choice" tells me she's trying to tell him, or make him feel her presence & is trying to relay to him, that she wants him to "light up", to be happy again, to live on in memory & strength of their ever lasting, eternal love. And that it was neither of their choices for her to pass on. But that she wants him to at least "feel" as if he has a choice to be happy. Why? Because one day, someday when God calls him home too? She will be waiting, & just as they knew (when she was alive that they could make it anywhere together) she will one day again take his hand and they will run from there, hand in hand to Heaven, for Love, for eternally. Until then, she misses him, his eyes, as much as he misses her. And yes, she wishes that he could hear her voice. But he can't. So she sings & sings somehow knowing...he will forever feel her presence. So maybe it's not a goodbye song. Instead, words of "Never goodbye...but until we meet again".


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    Feb 16th 2012 report

    its a song for someone who's loved one's died...it;s a farewell song

    "So light up as if you had a choice to be on your own even if i'm not with you and you can't hear my voice anymore..and i'll always be watching you"


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    Feb 7th 2016 report

    This song is ambiguous. It touches people differently. To me its a song about desperation and farewell. Two people whose life must go in different directions. Its also a song of encouragement to be the best they can be.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 8th report

    Leona version is good but she doesn't use all of the original text. That for me makes a huge difference and changes the whole meaning of the song.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 21st report

    This song reminds me of a beautiful friendship in a time past, that evolved into a deep love that spanned 40 years and resurfaced recently. We are worlds apart now but so close, married to other partners and impossible to reach. Indestructible bond of love, spanning distance and time..
    We used to sing together in a group...harmony from deep inside..it had no choice but to grow into love...my story.x

  6. musictellsmystory
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    Jun 15th 2020 report

    The first time I heard this song I thought of the gut wrenching feeling of giving up a baby. I wept, and the song still brings me to tears, wondering how many women in our lives have this as part of their story. I weep for them.

  7. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2020 report

    I consider it as a love song about soulmates that one sings to the other half. They love each other dearly but for whatever reason they cannot be together in this life time. So one day one of them says goodbye. "Let's make the best of our lives, even we cannot be together. Someday we will meet again and stay together in eternity."
    The song portrays very well that love can conquer life & death and is completely free from the condition of being together, it is even independent from the condition if one of them is has already passed away...

  8. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2020 report

    It is however u interpret it. But one thing undoubtedly is common in every comment. It is about love. Not just any kind of love either. It's a kind of love that is so strong you cant breath to think that person may not be there. It makes u nauseous to imagine they are gone. Sick to ur stomach and emotionally drained to realize they aren't there and u will never see them again, killing u inside. U love them so much u dont want to be alive either just so u can be with them again. But they are telling u not to be this way damn well knowing if the tables were turned it wouldnt be so easy to light up. No one likes to see anyone hurting. Life is hard but life is worth all of the tragedy. It's worth all of the sadness. Because through it all comes much joy. Memories that u can never replace. People u will love forever. Friends u couldn't find again if u tried. Life can go on tho and u can be happy again. U deserve to let that happen. U may not always hear God but even if u cant hear his voice he will be right beside u

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2019 report

    Makes me think of someone watching a loved one int the throws of drug addiction...

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 18th 2018 report

    When I listen to this song. It takes me back to when I carried a stillborn, she was so little, so perfect in everyway. And although she couldn't be here with me she is in heaven. And I feel like even though she can't hear my voice, and I can't hear hers. She knows how long I love her, and how much I didn't want to say goodbye. This song helped me through some very dark, hurtful, and worse days of my life.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 3rd 2018 report

    A very powerful love, one looking over the other? Makes my hairs stand up on end this song, its about a loss, strength, heartache in trying to move forward. Very well sung by leona lewis.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 8th 2018 report

    She is singing to Simon Cowell after leaving his record label. That's what I think.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2018 report

    It makes me think of my Husbands long deployment to Afghan. Tragic, dangerous tour and this song always takes me back to the feeling of not wanting to say goodbye in case it was for the last time. ‘Light up’makes me think of my husband saying be strong for the sake of the family and even if I can’t see his face he would be with me.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2017 report

    they love one another, but one of them is in a relationship with someone else, probably married to that person. this is a call for him to leave his wife and run away together with her. he is wavering, and she is trying to encourage and strengthen him to leave.

    think this is a song that my husband's lover would have sung to him to encourage him to leave his marriage and go and live her. makes me sad

  15. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2017 report

    It's a song describing refugees fleeing away from their families and homes. The fear for what they are leaving behind and the fear for what they are running into brings no solace to the heart but they just had to lighten their hopes as if things will get better.

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 21st 2016 report

    A sad song of someone suffering with dementia and now in a care-home. The loved one visiting feeling and remembering when times were different. The light up is the glimmer of recognition. A song about loss.

  17. anonymous
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    Jul 12th 2014 report

    Its about someone whos waiting to love again and still inlove but its impossible to win him back again.

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